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Old 03-04-2012, 08:24 AM
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Filters, how many and where?

Okay learning about this new beast more and more each day (Thanks to this website and a few others). What filters need to be replaced and when. Since I got this truck 5 months ago I'm not sure when the last major service was done to it so I want to go ahead and change everything that I need to change. I already did an oil change but looking at dieselfiltersonline site there are a bunch more filters such as fuel and transmission etc. Anymore that I need to be aware of other than the basics such as oil and air? I just ordered new Raycor oil filter and fuel filters from the site and saw something about an external transmission filter. When does that need to be replaced and is there an internal filter as well?
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Fuel, air, and oil should be your basics for sure.
There are two fuel filters. One water separating filter is under the driver seat, inside the frame rail. It goes with the fuel pump assembly/water drain.
The second is the secondary filter. The little black cap next to the oil filter.
There is a transmission filter. Just to the pass side of center, around the bell housing. Cast aluminum canister with a nut on the bottom. They can be a pain sometimes, and some people leave them alone. And there is an internal trans filter.
The other basic filter you should consider is a coolant filter.
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Fuel, air, and oil should be your basics for sure.
There are two fuel filters. One water separating filter is under the driver seat, inside the frame rail. It goes with the fuel pump assembly/water drain.
The second is the secondary filter. The little black cap next to the oil filter.
There is a transmission filter. Just to the pass side of center, around the bell housing. Cast aluminum canister with a nut on the bottom. They can be a pain sometimes, and some people leave them alone. And there is an internal trans filter.
The other basic filter you should consider is a coolant filter.
Coolant filter is already on, one of the first mods I did thanks to this site Its the unit from sinister. I will take care of the basics first. The transmission filters may have to wait until I know more or just take it to a shop/stealership. Oil has been changed to T6 full syn and used the motorcraft oil filter last time but switched to the Raycor to save some $$$ this time. All the filters I ordered should be in by next weekend. I read that the fuel filter was changed to a new design, does it still go in the same as the old one it was replacing?
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My transmission filter is on passenger side up front near the radiator.
If you are buying from Dieselsite, Racor makes Motorcraft, NTZ makes the trans. filter. And your air filter last a long time, watch the air filter minder on the back side of the filter housing.

Here is a picture of where my transmission filter is.

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Hi Lilfarmboy

Typically there are a lot of opinions and different interval recommendations based on usage ie Normal Use, Severe Use etc... At my shop BC Diesel I try to keep it somewhat simple.

Oil Change and Filter every 3000 - 5000 Miles
Fuel Filter every third oil change
Transmission Filter (external spin on) every 35,000 - 50,000
Transmission Filter (internal & external) every other service
Air Filter as needed. I recommend looking at a High Flow-Washable Filter
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Thanks for the pic amdriven, I know exactly where that is but I didn't know what it was. Already got the external one on order so I will go ahead and replace it.
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Yes, the fuel filter goes in the same. The filter inside the tranny does not need to be changed. As they say, "the filter inside is there to stop large branches and small animals from going through."

If you have the tranny flushed at the dealer, it needs to be a heated flush. If they don't do a heated flush, then you should just do what they would do. Drain and fill. And new canister filter. (Usually 8 quarts) Use Mercon SP or LV for tranny fluid.
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Hi Lilfarmboy

Typically there are a lot of opinions and different interval recommendations based on usage ie Normal Use, Severe Use etc... At my shop BC Diesel I try to keep it somewhat simple.

Oil Change and Filter every 3000 - 5000 Miles
Fuel Filter every third oil change
Transmission Filter (external spin on) every 35,000 - 50,000
Transmission Filter (internal & external) every other service
Air Filter as needed. I recommend looking at a High Flow-Washable Filter

Yea I agree with those numbers. I change the oil every 5k but the truck mostly does runs to work and weekend driving. Not camping season yet here in DE. I think I will save the transmission filters for the shop and have the fluids drained and changed before camping season begins. The other stuff I am more than capable of doing myself. Thanks for the tip.
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